time trial

noun Sports.
a race in which competitors are timed individually on a set distance over a course or track, especially to qualify for a successive event.
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time trial
 
n
(esp in cycling) a race in which the competitors compete against the clock over a specified course
 
'time-trialling
 
n

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time trial

("race against the watch"), in bicycle racing, a form of competition in which individual cyclists or teams are sent out at intervals to cover a specified distance on a road course. The contestant with the fastest time for the distance wins.

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